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2014-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
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Department of Philosophy

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Professor   Curtis L. Hancock, Ph.D.
    John F. Morris, Ph.D.
    Brendan Sweetman, Ph.D. (Chair)
Associate Professor   Robert Vigliotti, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor   Tina Baceski, Ph.D.
    Stephen Chamberlain, Ph.D.

Philosophy, as “love of wisdom,” explores the most fundamental questions of human experience, questions concerning the nature of the human person, the existence of God, immortality, freedom, the nature of moral and political values, the question of being, appearance and reality, knowledge and truth. A variety of richly developed and intellectually exciting answers to these questions, and many others, are explored in a systematic and rigorous way by means of a study of the work of outstanding classical and contemporary philosophers.

The study of philosophy enables the student to explore the most vital issues of human life and existence, issues which elude more specialized disciplines; at the same time, because of philosophy’s emphasis on skills in logical clarification,  organization of ideas, and detailed argumentation, it helps cultivate the capacity to think and write with clarity, consistency, and informed insight. Philosophy also promotes the ability to recognize and evaluate assumptions and implications, and at the same time frees the thinker from ideology and overspecialization.

It is essential for a liberal education that each student learn to philosophize and to continue to think through the understanding one has of oneself in the world. Thus Rockhurst requires a certain minimum number of philosophy courses and  encourages students to take even more. The required core courses in the philosophical mode of inquiry explore the fundamental notions underlying all human existence (PL 1100), and the nature of value and the philosophical basis of moral judgment (PL 3100 ). These courses contribute to the formation of a broad and coherent outlook, and provide a framework for the development of intellectual habits which foster a life-long integration of knowledge.

Coursework in philosophy is designed to introduce students to a range of profound and stimulating philosophical questions, and to develop the skills necessary for independent thinking. It also provides a broadening perspective for the various areas of specialization in the natural and social sciences, in literature and the arts, and in the various professional programs. A major in philosophy thus provides excellent preparation for a professional career in law, government, business, teaching, the media, higher education, and related areas.


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